President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of three more orthopaedic hospitals across the country.
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this at the official inauguration of the Primary Health Care Leadership Challenge at the State House Banquet Hall, Abuja.
The event was organised by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum in partnership with development partners.
The Minister of Finance, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, also spoke at the event. She disclosed that a total sum of N471.9 billion had so far been disbursed by the Federal government as a grant to states under the 1.5 billion dollars World Bank-Assisted States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme.
She said that it was gratifying to note that beyond benefitting from the grants, all the 36 states in the Federation had fully domesticated the fiscal reforms in their public financial management system.
In his speech, NGF’s Chairman, Governor Kayode Fayemi, said the event buttressed the commitment as governors to building a resilient Primary Health Care System.
He said that the Primary Health Care (PHC) Leadership Challenge, aimed to address the bottlenecks in the system as it strove to build a robust public health care system.
According to him, evidence has shown that PHC has the potential to expand the attainment of Universal Health Coverage to as much as 80 percent of the population.
Fayemi thanked the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Aliko Dangote Foundation, UNICEF, the Nigerian National Primary Health Care Development Agency, and the NGF Secretariat for putting together the challenge.
In the statement of declaration, Fayemi said that following the induction to the Seattle Declaration by 36 governors of Nigeria in November 2019, the NGF affirmed its commitment to strengthening the primary health care system in the country.